Cleckheaton youngsters get active

HEY THERE LADIES: Some of the entertainment on offer at the fun day.
HEY THERE LADIES: Some of the entertainment on offer at the fun day.

CLECKHEATON may have played host to the next Mo Farah, as children and families were encouraged to take part in a number of keep-fit opportunities in the town centre.

Kirklees Council, in association with Totally Locally Cleckheaton, presented an Olympic Fitness Funday on Saturday.

The event was aimed at getting people fit, by offering them a range of fun activities, including Zumba, weightlifting and body-combat classes.

Kathryn Cooke, owner of PJ’s Health and Fitness Village, with the help of her daughter, Gabby, organised Zumba and cross-fit challenges in Savoy Square, and was delighted with the amount of interest, particularly from children.

She said: “About 20 kids took part in the cross-fit challenge – they had such a fantastic time, and were very enthusiastic about the event.

“It is great to show families all the different sorts of activities they can get involved with, and not just for kids – Zumba has been very popular for about 18 months because it is such a fun way to keep fit and the music just lifts you.

“The day was a lot of fun – I certainly hope it brings a lot more people into the town in future.”

The day also saw an Olympic-themed trail – the winners were Rachel Griffiths from Roberttown, Linda Cook from Dewsbury and Jason and James Cook from Cleckheaton, who all won goody bags filled with gifts from businesses around the town.

Sue Shaw, one of the organisers, said: “It was very nice to see something like this happening in Cleckheaton – it gives the town a sense of identity.

“The Olympic trail in particular was a huge success – the children really showed an interest in it, and they were very pleased with their prizes – one excited little boy couldn’t wait to spend his book token!”

A funfair was planned but was unable to be set up.

President of Spenborough Chamber of Trade Viv Laycock, said: “Even though the day didn’t completely go to plan, there was still a high turnout and people who came to the centre of town enjoyed themselves.”

Legacy Sport, based at Spen Valley Sports College, also provided activities.

The day also saw another Fiver Fest, in which local businesses sold certain goods on special offer for only £5.

The next Totally Locally-supported event taking place in Cleckheaton will be the Halloween festival, which will feature a witch trail.

Keep reading the Spenborough Guardian for more information on events in the area.